On Sunday [July 3] as their usual traditions and routine dictates, William Clayton Brumby took his three children to the High Noon Gun Range in Sarasota, Florida.
He and his wife keep guns at home as a safety precaution, teaching all seven of their children how to handle guns safely and properly at a young age. Their son, Stephen, was a natural with the skill, poised to surpass even his own father on the range.
According the Sarasota County Sheriff’s office, the values and ambitions were cut short when a 64-year old Brumby pointed and accidentally pulled the trigger on his 14-year old while trying to get a shell casing out of his shirt.
While the investigation is still pending, there are still yet no charges to be made in the unfortunate case.
It was at around 3:15 in the afternoon when Clayton Brumby fired at a intended target when the bullet’s casing ejected from his handgun. The casing bounced off a wall and into the back if his shirt. As he reached around his back with the hand in which his gun was held in an attempt to remove the hot casing, he pulled the trigger. The round hit the ceiling then hit his son.
“It was a very freak accident. I made a mistake,” Brumby told CNN.
“The gun didn’t kill my boy. I did,” continued a somber Brumby. “Every round in he gun is your responsibility. When it fired you need to stand account for it. That’s what I’ve spent the last two days doing, accounting for my operating error.”